Sunday, August 19, 2012

How to Find Childcare that You Can Trust

By Neal Zalenski

One of the hardest things that a mother has to do is learn how to trust someone else to take care of her child.This is the same child that you carried for nine months during pregnancy.This is the same child who you nurse, feed and take care of whether he is in good health or sick.Yes, you might feel comfortable enough to let your mother or mother-in-law take care of him.But, there is a difference in letting his grandmothers take care of him and putting him in a daycare.So, how are you going to locate the best childcare provider for your child?

Begin by looking at the daycares in your immediate area.Get as much information as you can about them.You should visit each of them, but you can do that later once the list has been narrowed down.But today, the vast majority of these centers can be researched online.Visit the websites of the State agencies that are responsible for providing inspection services, licensing and certifications for various daycares.Find out if your most liked childcare centers are listed with these agencies.

If the daycares you are interested in are not certified or licensed by these respectable agencies, then cross them off of your list.Were you aware that you can go to certain websites and get info such as when certain childcare centers were last inspected?If the inspectors found anything wrong, you can get reports that will list the violations.The bottom line is that you can do a lot of your research via the internet without ever leaving your home.

Now you can visit the daycares that are left on your list.Although it is always better not to go to a business or residence unannounced, you can change the rules a bit in this case.Just do a walk-in inspection of each facility that you like.This way you will get a better feel for what is actually happening.This will catch them off guard, if they have something to hide.

You will have the opportunity to check on the following things about each daycare.Check to see if the center is clean.Ensure that the center is not doing anything that could possibly harm your child.Inquire about the education of the staff and the credentials of the workers. A reputable daycare will run background checks on all employees, whether they are teachers are not.Make sure that the teachers on staff have been taking the right child care courses.

Although you might want a teacher who has a certificate 3 in child care, not all daycares require this type of certification.Sadly enough, a majority of these centers only babysit children and do not teach them anything new.They do not provide a lot of learning activities.However, there are other childcare facilities that are actual learning centers that are certified to teach.Learning centers are normally a little bit more expensive, but only you can determine which one is right for your child.

In conclusion, you need a daycare provider to take care of your son while you are at work.But, it is imperative that you find an outstanding one. Be certain that this childcare center employs staff that is professional and that the center is both clean and safe.You might not like getting it done, but you have to do it eventually.

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